Two more wannabes had the axe factor as they got the boot from RTE’s hit talent show The Voice Of Ireland
Former restaurant worker Kellie Blaise (25) and DIT music student Graham Dowling (18) sang their hearts out but went home while student Kevin Keeley (18), from Tallaght in Co Dublin, and full-time busker Liam Geddes (21), from Ballina in Co Mayo, survived.
All four singers had finished in the bottom two of their respective teams, following a public telephone vote.
Stunning Kellie, from Swords in Co Dublin, and Graham, from Mullingar in Westmeath, were then eliminated after show judges Sharon Corr (41) and Kian Egan
(31) had the final decision on who had just performed their swan song.
Westlife star Kian, who had to chose between Graham and Liam, said: “It’s a joke that Liam and Graham are in the bottom two, I never dreamed I would have to pick between them.” Busker Liam sang Belfast band Snow Patrol’s song Run and was described as the “best male singer left in the competition” by judge Bressie
(31), the former Blizzards singer.
Among the others to go through last night were farmer Jim Devine (32), from Strabane in Co Tyrone, who is on Kian’s team and has been dubbed the “most stylish farmer in Ireland”. He sang Rihanna’s We Found Love — and dedicated it to his wife Orla, following the birth of their first child Ella last Wednesday.
Jim told the show’s host Kathryn Thomas
(33): “My wife had a baby girl during the week, so I’d like to dedicate this song to her and our baby.” Dublin mum-of-one Sharon Gaynor (29) also went through. She previously sang on the Podge and Rodge show and revealed last night the RTE puppets have backed her in an online campaign.
Sharon, also on Kian’s team, sang Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics — to the delight of Sharon Corr. The Corrs singer said: “You are so talented. I love hearing you sing. That was lovely and tender. Well done.” Pop minx Pixie Lott (21) also made a special guest appearance on the results show last night to perform her new single Kiss The Stars.
There was no more controversy from Kathryn’s co-host Eoghan McDermott, who made an “inappropriate” gay joke about Kian and Bressie two weeks ago. There are 16 singers remaining — four acts each for judges Kian, Sharon, Bressie and crooner Brian Kennedy (45).